Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Posted September 23, 2015

When I was growing up, my mother ran carpool in our family's red 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. As the youngest, at age 5, I rode in the "back back," the small space behind the second seat that was intended not for people, but for packages or groceries. I shared this sliver of room with my neighbor, Bobby, who was a year older. The front seat was reserved for older siblings -- Bobby's brother Andy, whose French horn was stashed in the front trunk. I can't remember where my sister Kathy put her trombone. But somehow, my mother fit in five kids (including Susie, sister to Andy and Bobby) and the two instruments. Suffice it to say we were close.

Posted September 17, 2015

While millions of people are expected to watch the second Republican debate this week on CNN, the first Democratic debate will not be held until next month on Oct. 13. With only two top-tier candidates on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the potential entrance of Vice President Joe Biden is on everyone's mind -- on both sides of the aisle.

Posted September 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee for the 2016 election, has, based on her interviews this past week with NBC's Andrea Mitchell and ABC's David Muir, "evolved" regarding her answers to questions about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Posted September 03, 2015

If you believe your emails, texts, Facebook postings and Internet activity are secure, then you live in Never Never Land, a world where boys never grow up and fairies fly through the air. Should commercial Internet transactions be secure, as they promise to be when you sign up? Yes. But "should be" does not security make.

Posted August 27, 2015

Pollster Frank Luntz conducted a 29-person focus group of Trump supporters this past Monday.

Posted August 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee for the 2016 election, appears to be growing weary of answering, or not answering fully, questions about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Posted August 13, 2015

While the Republican National Committee might have limited the number of debates in this season's primary process, the candidates' performances during the first debate ensured that they would still carry great weight. With Donald Trump as the current leader of the field, this might be considered the first reality-TV primary.

Posted August 05, 2015

The unofficial start to the Republican primary process is slated for this Thursday

Posted July 30, 2015

This week, our youngest child, Robert, is turning 14. His sister, Maggie, is two years older. Gone are the days when my husband and I were parents of toddlers, preschoolers or elementary school children.

Posted July 23, 2015

In this complex technical environment in which we live, those who expose weaknesses are providing a real service to our privacy and safety.

Posted July 16, 2015

The dog days are popularly believed to be a time of agitation and unruly behavior. This past week's news stories provide a glimpse into current sources of high levels of agitation.

Posted July 09, 2015

"Hide not your talents, they for use were made, what's a sundial in the shade?" -- Benjamin Franklin

Posted July 02, 2015

July 4th is one of my favorite celebrations. It's not just the parades, flag waving, barbecue and fireworks -- though these help -- it's the meaning behind the day. The understanding that we could be living in a different country, under British rule -- but that our forefathers had the strength and courage to declare themselves free and independent people and to fight for our freedom.

Posted June 25, 2015

Long before last week's killings in Charleston, South Carolina, which appear to have been motivated by racial hatred, at least one expert in belief systems wrote that a person's prejudices can be changed.

Posted June 18, 2015

It's official. On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that he is officially running for president of the United States. "And we are going to make our country great again," he added. While I agree with his goal -- making America great again -- it will be interesting to see if his running for the nomination takes us along this path.

Posted June 17, 2015

It's official. On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that he is officially running for president of the United States. "And we are going to make our country great again," he added. While I agree with his goal -- making America great again -- it will be interesting to see if his running for the nomination takes us along this path.

Posted June 11, 2015

Instead of focusing on a grand vision for the country, Hillary's goal is to create small visions for specific subsets of voters that will galvanize them into action for their particular cause.

Posted June 04, 2015

School is out, Memorial Day is past and summer stretches in front of us. Maybe it's because I live in the South, but summer seems to be a time when everything slows down, as if to pay homage to the heat and humidity that abound.

Posted May 28, 2015

Selfies, followers, likes and the fascination with celebrity anythings (chefs, decorators, stylists, authors, etc.) are just a few of the ways that today's society focuses attention on individuals.

Posted May 21, 2015

It's Memorial Day week. You can tell as you flip through the local paper; Memorial Day notices appear as sales headlines and attention grabbers. "Memorial Day Sale" and "Pre-Memorial Day Sale." Pretty soon, we'll see post-Memorial Day sale advertisements.